Our Chief Executive Peter Walls is our guest blogger in this First Encounters series.
Peter is known around the country for his expertise in early music. Naturally he is very excited about the upcoming tour with Les Talens Lyriques.
Leading French harpsichordist Christophe Rousset founded Les Talens Lyriques more than twenty years ago. The ensemble are known for championing historical instrument performance, rediscovering old works, and presenting repertoire ranging from the Early Baroque to the dawn of Romanticism.
Their programme here will include suites, sonatas, and character pieces for violins, viola da gamba, and harpsichord.
Peter Walls first heard Christophe Rousset play many years ago:
“In the early 1980s, I spent a year in London and used my proximity to Europe (at least by NZ standards) to have some baroque violin lessons from the great Sigiswald Kuijken. Sometimes I would go to his house just outside Brussels and sometimes to the Royal Conservatory in The Hague (where I would catch up with other New Zealanders studying there – Shelley Wilkinson, Douglas Mews, Graham McPhail, James Tibbles, Sally Tibbles and Margaret Cooke).
Sigiswald invited me over for his Baroque Orchestra Week that year and we prepared a programme that included a CPE Bach harpsichord concerto played by an outstandingly brilliant young student, Christophe Rousset. The buzz in the orchestra was that, pretty much as soon as the concert was over, Christophe would have to return to his native France to do two years’ military service. He clearly survived the experience.
I’ve followed with admiration the absolutely stellar career that he has enjoyed post-Koninlijk Conservatorium den Haag and post-Forces armées Françaises. It is wonderful to have him coming to Aotearoa with his star-studded ensemble, Les Talens Lyriques.”
Les Talens Lyriques are touring to Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin from 10-15 April 2016. Book now